Low level access equipment offer a safer alternative to using ladders, steps and interior scaffolding platforms.low-level access equipment generally offers a maximum reach of 20 feet. Different manufacturers offer a variety of designs, Low level access platforms include both push around (manual) platforms as well as some self propelled models (electric / battery powered). Most are fitted with non-marking tyres to help protect floor finishes but can still be operated outside in certain conditions.and typically these access lifts are engineered for one person to safely and efficiently perform work at height.
This equipment is gaining momentum and favor across a variety of industries, mainly driven by health and safety, the need for increased productivity and market needs.They can make jobs easier, quicker and more efficient. Low level access machines provide a safe and secure environment for operatives to work at height.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
According to OSHA, ladders continue to be the leading cause of slips, trips and fall on jobsites.
- More than 500,000 people receive emergency room treatment from ladder-related injuries every year.
- More than 300 of these falls end up being fatal.
- According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 50% of all ladder-related accidents were due to individuals carrying items as they climbed.
The percentage is even greater in the construction trades. If those statistics aren’t enough, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission reports that more than 90,000 people are treated in emergency rooms each year as a result of ladder-related injuries.
That’s not to say ladders won’t continue to be used. They have a place in specific applications; for example, projects that are short in duration, otherwise inaccessible, and those that do not require multiple trips up and down with tools in hand.
To deploy low-level access equipment
Productivity – Low level access machines combine the flexibility and quick set up benefits of ladders and steps with enhanced safety and an improved worksite environment. This maximises productivity, especially when working in confined spaces. Setup and relocating times are often shorter than with scaffold systems.And, because the equipment typically features guardrails and enclosed platforms, tie-off points for harnesses, tool trays and easier portability, workers can complete tasks more quickly and safely without the same concerns associated with ladders and scaffolding.
Flexibility – The ability for 360-degree mobility while elevated and having both hands free further extends workers’ efficiency and confidence when working at height. Another key differentiator is that this equipment typically only requires one person to move and operate, unlike ladders and scaffolding that require two or more, which negatively affects productivity.
Safer – Low-level equipment also features automated braked wheels when the equipment is elevated, another safety feature that eliminates the sliding and constant adjustments that come with ladders and scaffolding.
Any contractor or facilities manager who is looking for safer and more productive ways to work at height should consider implementing these cost-effective solutions to their fleet.
A low level access solution slim enough to fit through a standard doorway yet offering a generous platform size and height. Ideal for all indoor light repair, maintenance and installation tasks the Power Tower provides the operator with simple, effortless access up to a working height of 5.1m. Simply push into position, step in, press a button and go.
The mini size or the so-called small scissor lifts are mostly used indoors and are usually operated through electric motors. These are structured similar to their larger counterparts, offering a stable platform surrounded by railings.
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